23 Everyday Phrases You Didn't Know Were Coined By Shakespeare
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23 Everyday Phrases You Didn't Know Were Coined By Shakespeare

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23 Everyday Phrases You Didn't Know Were Coined By Shakespeare

Whether you loved or loathed studying Shakespeare in high school, it is hard to deny the profound effect his work has on modern English, and the brilliance behind the dozens of words and phrases he invented that we use every day. Here are 23 phrases you didn't know were coined by William Shakespeare.

1. “For goodness sake” –Henry VIII

2. “Neither here not there” –Othello

3. “All’s well that ends well” –All’s Well That Ends Well

4. “Dead as a doornail” –Henry VI, Part II

5. “Own flesh and blood” –Hamlet

6. “There’s a method in my madness” –Hamlet

7. “Wear your heart on your sleeve” –Othello

8. “Break the ice” –The Taming of the Shrew

9. “As good luck would have it” –The Merry Wives of Windsor

10. "Conscience does make cowards of us all” –Hamlet

11. “Full circle” –King Lear

12. “Good riddance” –Troilus and Cressida

13. “Heart of gold” –Henry V

14. “Kill with kindness” –Taming of the Shrew

15. “All that glitters isn’t gold” –The Merchant of Venice

16. “In a pickle” –The Tempest

17. “A wild goose chase” –Romeo and Juliet

18. “Seen better days” –As You Like It

19. “Love is blind” –Merchant of Venice

20. “Catch a cold” –Cymbeline

21. “Laughing stock” –The Merry Wives of Windsor

22. “Neither rhyme nor reason” –As You Like It

23. “Something wicked this way comes” –Macbeth

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